When you’re surrounded by players with guaranteed contracts and guaranteed playing time, it is quite easy to forget that playing in the NBA is a privilege, not a right. There are thousands of players who set out to secure a spot in the NBA, and for whatever reason they fall short.
JamesOn Curry had that shot when the Chicago Bulls drafted him with the 51st pick in the 2007 draft. He played in the summer league, he played in preseason, but he was sent to the NBA Developmental League. Although he was recalled by the Bulls twice, he never once played in an NBA game. The Bulls waived him in July of 2008.
After stints in France and Greece, Curry was drafted by Springfield Armor in the 2009 NBA D-League draft, and he was the first draft pick in that franchise’s history. In 20 games this season (including 19 starts) Curry was averaging 16 points, seven assists and four rebounds.
Then on Friday, January 22nd, the Los Angeles Clippers called Curry up and signed him to a 10-day contract. Hoops Addict caught up with Curry prior to his first game as a Clipper, against the Washington Wizards and he talked about his emotional roller coaster over the past few days, the advice Springfield Armor head coach Dee Brown gave him, and the challenges the speed of the NBA game presents.